ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The state is ordering the city of Albuquerque to take down redlight cameras at five intersections saying they’re notconvinced the cameras make the streets safer.
Thursday morning the State’s Transportation Commissionapproved a new policy that gave the Department of Transportationthe authority to ban red light cameras and speed vans on any stateroad, highway, or federal interstate.
“The state transportation commission felt strongly thatthere is no clear cut evidence that they actually make the roadssafer,” New Mexico Department of Transportation SpokespersonMark Slimp said.
In total, five Albuquerque intersections, four on Coors Blvd.and one on Paseo Del Norte, will have to be taken down. ForAlbuquerque, that means its biggest money maker, as far as redlight cameras go, will be unplugged.
In 2009, cameras at the intersection of Paseo Del Norte andJefferson nailed more than 15,000 speeders and 2,500 red lightrunners.
Despite those statistics, NMDOT said it's not sold on thecameras.
“Other neutral studies that say yes you may stop one kindof accident of inadvertently cause another when people slam ontheir brakes to not get a ticket,” Slimp said.
Slimp said there are too many studies with conflictinginformation.
Even drivers who’ve sped through or have been caughtrunning the red had differing opinions on the effectiveness of thecameras.
“I think it helps because it forces people to slow down,when they know there's a camera there,” Tim Alvar said.
“I see people speeding all the time once they get past thecameras they speed up,” Deb said
The red light camera controversy has been up for debate before.Albuquerque Mayor R.J. Berry has recently ordered a UNM study onthe project.
The study is expected to be complete by May.
The NMDOTs decision also means Santa Fe and Las Cruces willremove their red light cameras that are on state highways.
That affects all the cameras are on Cerrillos Rd. in Santa Fe,which is a state highway.
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